Sugar in prepared foods!!

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Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 11:13
I recently decided to track the sugar content in what I eat. Alot of mornings I'll eat diet shakes or protein drinks or health bar. I thought staying around 40 grams of sugar would be doable. I'm shocked at the amount of sugar in these! This morning I added dried cranberries to my cereal and ended up with 33 grams of sugar for breakfast!!! My motto is everything in moderation but this was an eye opener for me. What does everyone else think? Shock

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Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 11:30
Sugar is definitely sneaky. I love the dole mandarin orange cups in 100% juice. 18g sugar in each. I don't know if that's natural sugar content or if there is sugar added to that natural juice but I could 3 or 4 of them on a good day. No Bueno.

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Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 11:58
Most simple carbs will be processed like sugar too (easily converted to glucose) so also watch your processed foods like breads, cereals, pastas, etc. For me, lots of carbs meant packing on the weight or not being able to lose despite working out lots.

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Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 12:12
I try to avoid all processed foods. It took years to get here though. But, in the meantime, my tastes changed. I can not believe it, but I have no craving for candy, cookies, and pastries anymore. And if family/friends say, "try some", after a bite, I just push it away - too sweet. (Now I have a bunch of wheat/gluten free recipes that I adapted but don't feel like baking anymore.)

Now my tastes run more to lean proteins, veggies and fruit (in that order.) I also try to avoid or limit starchy vegetables.

That is not to say, that if I started eating them again I wouldn't get right back to stuffing them in me like the world was coming to an end. Been there, done that.

Periodically, I will get a taste for what I call "fair pizza". That thick, crisp, yet doughy pizza dripping in grease. So far I haven't indulged (wheat, gluten sensitivities help) but I know that is going to be a danger zone.


I try to think of exercise like doing the dishes or laundry; I might not necessarily look forward to doing it, but it is necessary.

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Posted: 01 Oct 2013, 14:51
I guess it's all about being mindful of what you put in your mouth! Apple slices and peanut butter for my afternoon snack!

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